Pennsylvania is one of the hotbeds for major Division I men’s basketball programs.
Throughout the years, several Pennsylvania high school basketball stars have gone onto major college basketball programs and some even to the NBA. A few of the most recent examples include Rasheed Wallace, Rip Hamilton and Kobe Bryant.
This article will look at my top Pennsylvania hoop prospects, ranked 6-10, from the class of 2013.
6. B.J. Johnson (Lower Merion HS; Ardmore): The 6-6, 180-pound small forward has a high ceiling in terms of scoring potential. Johnson is a long, athletic wing player who can knock down long distance shots.
Johnson still needs to work on his ball-handling and decision-making skills.
Johnson has received scholarship offers from Boston College, Clemson, Dayton, Rutgers, St. Joseph’s, Temple and Villanova. Cincinnati, Penn St., Pittsburgh and Providence have also shown interest in him.
7. Julian Moore (Germantown Academy, Philadelphia): The 6-9, 220-pound power forward stock is rapidly rising as he enters his final high school season. Moore, a late bloomer, is fairly mobile and has a soft touch around the hoop. He has grown two inches since the end of the 2011-12 season
Moore verbally committed to Penn St. on July 27, 2012. He also had offers from La Salle, Drexel, James Madison, Boston University, VCU and Duquesne.
8. Anthony Dallier (Northfield-Mount Hermon School (Mass.), Wexford): The 6-6, 190-pound small forward is very versatile and possesses one of the highest basketball IQ’s in the nation. Dallier can score inside and outside as well as from beyond the three-point line. He also has good ball-handling skills and is a talented passer.
Dallier verbally committed to Yale on August 9, 2012. He also had offers from Brown and Cornell.
9. Miles Overton (St. Joseph’s Prep, Chester, PA). The 6-4, 195-pound shooting guard is the son of former NBA’er Doug Overton. Overton is a tough kid who is able to absorb contact when he attacks the rack due to his solid body. He possesses great range on his jumper and complements it with a solid mid-range game.
Overton has received offers from La Salle, St. Joseph’s, Temple and Pennsylvania. He has also garnered interest from James Madison, Rutgers, San Francisco, Seton Hall, Virginia, VCU, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Xavier.
10. Geno Thorpe (Pittsburgh): The 6-3, 175-pound point guard has transferred from Shaler HS to West Oaks High School in Orlando for the upcoming 2012-13 school year. Thorpe is a hybrid point guard who has the ability to put up points in bunches. He has some versatility to his offensive game but is at his best when slashing to the hoop.
Thorpe verbally committed to Penn State on November 8, 2011. Louisville, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Wisconsin and Seton Hall also showed interest in Thorpe.
Daniel Benjamin has coached basketball for four years.
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